Catholic seminaries across the U.S. are set to benefit from a three-year, $1.5 million grant funding program that will focus on the integration of science and religion when exploring life's deepest questions.
Doris Donnelly, a retired professor of religion at John Carroll University in suburban Cleveland, who is administering the funding to the Science and Faith in Seminary Formation program, said the idea is to raise "the scientific literacy of clergy," according to Catholic News Service.
"We want to be able to integrate science and religion so people in the pews don't have to check their critical mind at the church door," said Dominican Sister Linda Gibler, associate academic dean at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, one of the grant recipients. more >>
Experts of human evolution and anthropology have long agreed that modern humans have traces of Neanderthal DNA, but there exists no concrete evidence that will support the notion that some of us are a result of human-Neanderthal interbreeding. But an interesting twist revealed by a recent study headed by the Stanford University School of Medicine is suggesting that the Y-chromosome genes of Neanderthals may have been scraped off the human genome sometime in history.
The Y chromosome is the other half of two human sex chromosomes; it is the one that is passed from the father to the son. The study, according to Science Daily, is the first in history to focus on examining the Y chromosome of a Neanderthal since the previous studies were exclusively on sequencing DNA coming from Neanderthal women, while others used mitochondrial DNA that is inherited by the children, regardless of gender, from the mother.
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With Live+3 ratings showing 3.5 million total viewers tuned into the miniseries' premiere, "The Story of God with Morgan Freeman" marked the fourth most-watched telecast of all time for the NGC US network and its highest total viewership in 2016 to date.
The premiere aired Sunday, April 3, "The Story of God with Morgan Freeman: Beyond Death." In episode one, Freeman explored the afterlife: how beliefs in the afterlife developed, how our reaction to the afterlife changed the way we live, and the rapid advances science is making for a "digital resurrection." The episode garnered a 3.0 HH rating and 1.1 P25-54 (Live +3). more >>
The scientific community needs to get a grip on its bias. Thankfully, the Creator gave them wonderfully-designed hands.
In his book, "Darwin's Doubt," Dr. Stephen Meyer quotes Chinese paleontologist J. Y. Chen: "In China," Chen says, "we can criticize Darwin, but not the government; in America, you can criticize the government, but not Darwin."
A couple of Chinese researchers recently found this out the hard way when they published a paper on the workings of the human hand in the science journal PLOS ONE. Their title was innocuous enough: "Biomechanical Characteristics of Hand Coordination in Grasping Activities of Daily Living." more >>
Socrates said that wisdom consists in knowing that you know nothing. If that's true, a few of our brightest scientists need some enlightenment.
The popular "Existential Comics" Twitter page appeals to a segment of the population most of us avoid at dinner parties. It's humor at its most esoteric. But Existential Comics recently posted a real zinger that cuts scientific hubris down to size.
A scientists asks why philosophy matters. The philosopher counters and asks "Why does science matter?" The scientist thinks for a moment before replying that science matters because … And here, the philosopher interrupts him and says. "You're doing philosophy." more >>
The alleged existence of the so-called "Planet X" is a long-standing theory that many scientists, space enthusiasts, and astronomers seems to believe in. As a matter of fact, there is a bunch of people out there that dedicate their entire lives tracking this celestial body that orbits the sun on the outskirts of the solar system. However, no one is really more into it than Daniel Whitmire.
The name may not ring a bell, but he is largely responsible for the term "Planet X." He coined the term in a paper that was published in Nature back in 1985, when he was still a mathematics instructor at the University of Arkansas. At that time, there was a buzz about the hypothetical celestial body called "Planet 9" that could be in collision course to the Earth sometime in the future. But Whitmire is making headlines once again, revealing a new theory that this planet may have been responsible for the previous mass extinctions our planet experienced in the past through massive comet showers.
According to Whitmire, via Discovery News, Planet X, just like Earth and the rest of the planet in the solar system, is orbiting the Sun. While its behavior appears normal, there is one thing it does every 27 million years that affects the Earth: it passes through the Kuiper belt and disturbs the comets that on their way to the Sun, and in the process, some of them collide with Earth. more >>